Juan Ortiz has created 4 new TOS Retro Art Prints, which are available now.

Star Trek.com chatted with the artist. Here’s what he had to say:

“The Menagerie, Part II”

The Menagerie, Part IIOK, up first among this month’s TOS Art Prints is “The Menagerie, Part II.” What inspired this particular print?

ORTIZ: “The Menagerie, Part I” did. I almost didn’t do a part two. Instead, I almost created one poster for both episodes. But since they are two separate episodes, I decided that it was necessary. I’m glad that I did, too, because it gave me a chance to work on the old phaser or laser pistol.

OK, up first among this month’s TOS Art Prints is “The Menagerie, Part II.” What inspired this particular print?

ORTIZ: “The Menagerie, Part I” did. I almost didn’t do a part two. Instead, I almost created one poster for both episodes. But since they are two separate episodes, I decided that it was necessary. I’m glad that I did, too, because it gave me a chance to work on the old phaser or laser pistol.

“Space Seed”

Space Seed

The “Space Seed” print is particularly creepy. What were you aiming for with this one?

ORTIZ: The hand represents Khan. The skull represents evil. The poster is sliced in half so that the hand would read as growing out of the bottom half, like an evil vine of some type reaching out.

We love the malevolent hand. Was that at all an homage to Chiller Theater?

ORTIZ: I wasn’t conscious of it, but I can see the similarity. The poster was inspired by the work of Saul Bass. Particularly his poster for The Man with The Golden Arm.

“The Empath.”

The EmpathOur favorite this month is “The Empath.” You evoke tremendous emotion with just a few simple touches: the eyes, the Enterprise as a tear, the mouth and the angle of the face. Give us a sense of how the idea for this one evolved.

ORTIZ: Gem was like a character out of an old silent movie, so for dramatic effect, I zoomed in for a close-up. The simple style that I used was inspired by 50’s designer Joaquin Pertierra. Like Saul Bass, Joaquin was a genius at saying a lot with so little. The Enterprise for a tear was an afterthought, an idea that I think has since been done by another artist.

“All Our Yesterdays.”

All Our YesterdaysLastly, there’s “All Our Yesterdays.” What made you choose to use an image of Spock attacking McCoy?

ORTIZ: I think there’s some good acting in that scene, and one of the most memorable scenes from the series. It’s also a good grab for anyone that has never seen the episode.

How many passes did this one take until you felt you’d nailed it?

ORTIZ: Not many. Once the layout was sketched out, it was a quick one to create. I went with a paperback feel to it as well.

he creature above the title interested us. What does that represent? Zarabeth?

ORTIZ: The creature is actually Zarabeth, as we see her for the first time, wearing her fur coat. I remember seeing Zarabeth in her coat and not knowing who or what she was at first. I felt that would be a good image to entice the viewer with.

Last question: Of the four prints, which would you mostly put on your own wall… and why?

ORTIZ: I think “The Menagerie, Part 2” would be a good one to pair with “Part 1”… if I had the wall space.

 

The StarTrek.com Shop is offering the four prints as a set of plated-printed lithographs on 100-pound, aqueous-coated, satin-finish paper. Each print measures 18×24 inches and the set of four is $34.95.  US and Canada fans can purchase the sets there

Pyramid will have the images available in the UK on Wood for £39.99 (43x59cm) and £49.99 (45x76cm), Canvas for £59.99 (60x80cm) and as Framed Art Prints at £49.99 (60x80cm).  UK fans will be able to purchase the items at Amazon.co.uk,ForbiddenPlanet.co.uk and Oneposter.co.uk.

Original source Star Trek.com